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Thursday, October 31, 2002

 

Charles Lloyd - Lift Every Voice

BBCi Music review Charles Lloyd - Lift Every Voice

This album has just been released, October 21st on the ECM label.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:25 PM
 

Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs

BBCi Music review Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs

# posted by DJ Martian 9:18 PM
 

DJ Magazine Top 100 DJs poll 2002

Some how before tonight's official announcement, Siegbran on ILM posts: DJ Magazine Top 100 DJs poll 2002

Some highlights

8 Carl Cox

23 Dave Clarke

24 Ritchie Hawtin

28 Andy C - Top Drum N Bass

34 Craig Richards

46 Laurent Garnier

56 Layo & Bushwacka

58 Jeff Mills

64 Hype

97 Grooverider

98 Slam

99 Tom Middleton

Unfortunately the top echeleons (top 50) of this poll are still dominated by the establishment (i.e uber uplifting trance, boring monotonous hard house and the same standard progressive house sound that has not progressed in years, indeed it has not changed much since the mid 90s, other than that there are a few DJs on the tribal trippy house tip)

No wonder mainstream dance is on decline in 2002, imagine the dreadful prospect of spending the night out with Judge Jules as DJ (in at 7 on the poll), all boring uplifting tracks that all sound the same with little or no variety.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:54 PM
 

Terrorizer magazine

Terrorizer magazine, Issue 104: sees Satyricon on the front cover ! Hooray ! [The Best Terrorizer front cover choice for sometime!]

SATYRICON
"We are state of the art, you see."
SLUDGE 2002 ROUNDUP
The grime report
TODAY IS THE DAY
Great grief - Steve Austin's epic tale of despair
DERANGED
Can they slay with madness?
DRILLER KILLER
Crust never sleeps
PLUS:
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS
RAGING SPEEDHORN
CONVERGE
DARKANE
CEPHALIC CARNAGE
FROST
IMPALED
SEVERE TORTURE
SCALPLOCK
THE CHASM
BEATEN BACK TO PURE


Details of the new/current edition of Terrorizer

Also coming in the next issue of Terrorizer

We're Not Just Dreaming Of A Black Christmas Here At Terrorizer Towers (It's Surrounded By Lightning Bolts And Everything), We're Doing Our Damnedest To Make It Happen. That's Why We've Got All This:

Opeth | Napalm Death | The Haunted | Cathedral | Immolation | Paradise Lost | Malevolent Creation | Marduk | Blitzkreig

And A Whole Lot Of Other Stuff That's Gonna Roast The Turkeys!

Issue 105 On Sale End Of November

# posted by DJ Martian 1:08 PM
 

David Bowie - Best of

BBCi Music review David Bowie - Best of

# posted by DJ Martian 11:46 AM
 

Masami Akita & Russell Haswell - Satanstornade

Extreme noise terror from the ever popular Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) and partner in crime Russell Haswell

BBCi Music review Masami Akita & Russell Haswell - Satanstornade

# posted by DJ Martian 11:45 AM
 

Pitchfork - Go Halloween

Ha those folks @ Pitchfork go topical with a one day Halloween special of dark music.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:42 AM
 

Godspeed You Black Emperor - Yanqui U.X.O.

Today it's George Zahora @ Splendid that offers his opinions on Godspeed You Black Emperor - Yanqui U.X.O

# posted by DJ Martian 11:36 AM
 

theMilkfactory

Music ezine themilkfactory have completely revamped their website with a fresh new look.

The ever excellent themilkfactory have a new delivery of album reviews for their November Edition:

[Summaries below are the milkfactory's - visit their website for full reviews!]


Album Of The Month

The Squire Of Somerton - Transverberations

Jimi Hendrix is well and truly alive! Well, not quite, but The Squire Of Somerton, namely Toby Jenkins, also one half of Fort Lauderdale, demonstrates that proper rock�n�roll music is kicking! An absolute cracker.

Benge - Meme Tunes

With his first album since 1999's Silicon Valleys, Ben Edwards presents a dreamy collection of beautiful and melodic electronica with an undeniable pop edge.

Chris Dooks - You Know, You Love Something Little

Just a couple of months after the release of his collaboration with Komet, Chis Dooks returns with an incredibly complex, and yet fascinating record.

Food - Veggie

Iain Ballamy is without a doubt one of the most successful and creative British jazz musicians ever. Veggie is his band's third release, and the first one on seminal Norwegian label Rune Grammofon. Expect some pioneering soundscapes.

Mimi+Boyd - Angular Island

Mimi+Boyd, namely Chicago DJ Michelle �Punisher� Herrmann and techno veteran Mark Cage, alias Vapourspace, met while running away from a police-raided rave. They hit it straight away, and Angular Island is the resut of 12 days of continuous recording.

Secret Agent Gel - P As In Peter, F As In Frank

A web designer for a medical school in New York by day, Corey Maass turns into a laptop maverick by night, and this album, his first, is a brilliant piece of creative electronica.

System - System

Released on Stefan Betke's excellent ~Scape label, this first System album comes from Copenhagen's Thomas Knak, Anders Remmer and Jesper Skaaning who also officiate as Future 3.

Thievery Corporation - The Richest Man In Babylon

This third album by Washington DC's King of cool Thievery Corporation is a bit of a disappointment, but it is not all bad...

Yann Tiersen - L'Absente

Yann Tiersen shot to fame on an international level following his soundtrack for the Jean-Pierre Jeunet movie Am�lie, but he has been a household name in his native France for years. Here's why...

# posted by DJ Martian 12:09 AM
 

Metacritic Current Top Rating Album of 2002: Ron Sexsmith - Cobblestone Runway

The Canadian singer-songwriter's fifth album finds Sexsmith experimenting with electronica for the first time.

According to the collated scoring of Metacritic *: this is the top ranking album of the year so far: Ron Sexsmith - Cobblestone Runway

* Please note that to qualify for the 2002 high scores list, an album must have at least 5 reviews in our database.

[I must confess, I know nothing about Ron Sexsmith's music - never heard him on my selective British radio listening]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:06 AM

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

 

Meat Beat Manifesto - RUOK?

Metacritic collate reviews for Meat Beat Manifesto - RUOK?

# posted by DJ Martian 11:56 PM
 

Philip Sherburne - Needledrops

The latest Philip Sherburne - Needledrops article is well worth reading

Philip Sherburne checks out the latest (and not-so-latest) sounds from Playgroup, Suicide and A Certain Ratio

# posted by DJ Martian 11:43 PM
 

Christmas Decorations

Imagine the Mute catalogue circa 1985 chopped up, crunched and reassembled.

Southern Records provide info on the new release from the strangely titled: Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations - Model 91

The exploded view, deadpan pop of Model 91 marks the recorded debut of the Brooklyn, New York duo Christmas Decorations. Using vocals, guitar, bass guitar, low budget digital sequencers, and melodica Christmas Decorations recorded Model 91 in Spring 2002. The band have started to call their music 'ambient punk' and point to modern electronic composers like Gert-Jans Prins, Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto) and Wolfgang Voigt (Gas, M:15) and abrasive minimalists The Shadow Ring as inspirations as well as older referents like Ike Yard and Desmond Simmons' Alone on Penguin Island album. The 13 tracks veer from claustrophobic to expansive and can be choppy or mesmerizing. Christmas Decorations take a succinct, direct approach to song structure and instrumentation while experimenting with mood and melody.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:38 PM
 

The Paper Chase - Hide the Kitchen Knives

Ink19 review the post-hardcore sounds of The Paper Chase - Hide the Kitchen Knives

The Paper Chase has made an album of literate and frantic, overwhelming and intense music, one that sees them surpassing their own stunning debut from two years back and take their music and their entire vision to the next level.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:27 PM
 

Celtic Frost - Probe

DigitalMetal.com provide info on the forthcoming album from Celtic Frost called Probe, due for release 2003.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:21 PM
 

nerdball

A link for a music weblog I have not previously mentioned nerdball

# posted by DJ Martian 10:37 PM
 

If I were an editor of a weekly music magazine this week's front cover would feature: Godspeed You Black Emperor

This week's front cover choice is Canadian avant rock band, Godspeed You Black Emperor.

"yanqui u.x.o." the new LP by godspeed you! black emperor will be released on 4 november 2002 in europe and 11 november 2002 in north america.

Album info @ Southern Records

Running Time: 75 minutes

Tracklisting:
1 & 2. 09-15-00
3. rockets fall on Rocket Falls
4 & 5. motherfucker=redeemer


However the reviewer @ Pitchfork does not rate the album.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:28 PM
 

N*E*R*D - Shortlist Music Prize Winner

NME.com report that N*E*R*D have won the Shortlist Music Prize for their album 'In Search Of'.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:18 PM
 

Casino versus Japan - Whole Numbers Play the Basics

Dusted magazine review Casino versus Japan - Whole Numbers Play the Basics

Kowalski�s influences run down his chin and onto his sleeve. His swirling atmospheric synths recall the chaotic bliss of My Bloody Valentine and the Cocteau Twins..

# posted by DJ Martian 12:23 PM
 

Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons

Playlouder review Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons

# posted by DJ Martian 12:18 PM
 

J-Walk - A Night on the Rocks

Playlouder review J-Walk - A Night on the Rocks

It's constantly shifting, beautifully juxtaposed head and feet candy which shows the pretenders how it should be done with style, verve and above all, soul. Spread the love.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:17 PM
 

Isis - Oceanic

Splendid review one of the finest rock albums of the year Isis - Oceanic

Oceanic has quickly attained status as a great pleasure, refreshing and a perfect emotional channel in its abstract travels. Operating with disregard for nearly every genre convention, Isis have created something entirely their own.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:14 PM

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

 

Absorb Reviews

Some recent reviews @ Absorb

hrvatski - swarm & dither (planet mu)

tomas jirku - entropy (intr version)

lucky pierre - hypnogogia (melodic)

the orchestra - look away now (drummond street)

the parallax corporation - cocadisco (disko b)

joint album of the issue 2: schneider tm - zoomer (city slang)

sybarite - nonument (4ad)

transllusion - l.i.f.e. (rephlex)

joint album of the issue 1: venetian snares - winter in the belly of a snake (planet mu)

# posted by DJ Martian 2:37 PM
 

Kirk DeGeorgio vs Simon Reynolds FITE!

I have feeling that this could be a lengthy and interesting thread on ILM: Kirk DeGeorgio vs Simon Reynolds FITE! and Andy @ Permafrost adds some even balance to the debate.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:49 PM
 

DJ Krush - Shinso - Message at the depth

Musique Machine review DJ Krush - Shinso - Message at the depth

# posted by DJ Martian 1:39 PM
 

Shortlist Music Prize 2002

Radio 1 remind us that later today the Shortlist Music Prize 2002 will be awarded. One of these will be the winner:

Aphex Twin - 'Drukqs'
Bj�rk - 'Vespertine'
Cee-Lo - 'Cee-Lo Green And His Perfect Imperfections'
DJ Shadow - 'Private Press'
Doves - 'The Last Broadcast'
N.E.R.D - 'In Search Of...'
The Avalanches - 'Since I Left You'
The Flaming Lips - 'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots'
The Hives - 'Veni Vidi Vicious'
Zero 7 - 'Simple Things


More Info @ Shortlist Music Project 2002

# posted by DJ Martian 1:35 PM
 

The Brainwashed Brain - V05I41 - 10272002

This week's The Brainwashed Brain includes reviews of:

Exhaust - Enregistreur
Constellation

The Mercury Program - A Data Learn the Language
Tiger Style

Christmas Decorations - Model 91
Kranky

Destroyer - This Night
Merge

Ruins - Tzomborgha
Ipecac

Delicate AWOL - Heart Drops From The Great Space
Fire Records

Andrew Duke - Sprung
Bip-Hop

Hangedup - Kicker In Tow
Constellation

# posted by DJ Martian 8:32 AM

Monday, October 28, 2002

 

Ministry Magazine - To Close

MediaGuardian.co.uk report that dance music monthly magazine, Ministry has folded. Another nail in the coffin for mainstream dance music and the culture of the superclub.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:40 PM
 

New Order - Retro ....Box Set to Go In time for Christmas

NME.com provide the tracklisting details of New Order - Retro

[This is a 4 CD Box Set of New Order tracks, including remixes and live material - set for release December 2nd]

# posted by DJ Martian 3:21 PM
 

Incursion Music Review

The latest Incursion Music Review:

Issue 061
28 October - 10 November 2002

Koji Asano - January Rainbow
Koji Asano - Octopus Balloons
F.S. Blumm - Ankern
Coh - Mort Aux Vaches
[Des]Integra��o - Permute
Faust - Patchwork
Jeff Greinke - Wide View
I Am Robot And Proud - You Make Me This Happy
Klr (Pita, Francisco L�pez, Zbigniew Karkowski)
Snawklor - Rushes
[The User] - Symphony #2 For Dot Matrix Printers
Carlos Zingaro - Cage Of Sand
Various - Star Switch On

# posted by DJ Martian 11:57 AM
 

SPOTLIGHT...KEY NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK:

Key new album releases for October 28th [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

This Week: October 28th

Acid Mothers Temple - Electric Heavy Land (Alien 8) Canadian Import
Tim Berne - Sevens (New World)
Cave In - Tides of Tomorrow (Hydra Head) ep
Christmas Decorations - Model 91 (Kranky)
Close Erase - Dance This (Bp)
Cruiser - Northern Electric (Devil In The Woods) US Import
Dead Hollywood Stars - Junctions - (Hymen / Mad Monkey)
Denzel & Huhn - Time Is A Good Thing (City Centre Offices)
DJ Q - Music As We Know It (Glasgow Underground)
End - Science / Fiction (Hymen)
Fragile State - The Facts and the Dreams (Bar De Lune)
Beth Gibbons and Rustin' Man - Out of Season (Go Beat)
Richie Hawtin & Sven Vath - Cocoon Club Ibiza (Novamute)
J-Walk - A Night on the Rocks (East West)
Meat Beat Manifesto - R.U.O.K? (Quatermass)
Napoli Is Not Nepal - Revolver (Shitkatapult)
Origin - Infirmitas, Infinitas, Inhumitas (Relapse)
Paradise Lost - Symbol Of Life (G.U.N./BMG Records)
Q and Not U - Different Damage (Dischord)
Scorn - Plan B (Hymen)
Sigur Ros ( ) (Fat Cat)
Simian - We Are Your Friends (Source)
Suicide - American Supreme (Blast First/Mute)
Asmus Tietchens - Gamma-Menge (Ritornell)
Andreas Tilliander - Elit (Mille Plateaux)
Twisted Individual - Tooled Up (Formation Records)
Zao - Parade Of Chaos (Solid State)

For Reference

Last Week: October 21st

Add N to (X) - Loud Like Nature (Mute)
Assemblage 23 - Defiance (Accession Records) Import
Jessica Bailiff - Jessica Bailiff (Kranky)
Adam Beyer - Ignition Key (Truesoul)
Dino Felipe - Xanaconversex (Schematic)
Fennesz - Field Recordings 1995 - 2002 (Touch)
The Free Association - David Holmes presents the Free Association (13 Amp)
Lackluster - Wrapping (De Focus)
Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons (XL)
Low Res - Blue Ramen (Plug Research)
Metro Area - Metro Area (Source)
Phil Parnell - Do Your Living In the Night (Mantis)
Chris Potter - Travelling Mercies (EmArcy)
Random Inc - Walking In Jerusalem (Mille Plateaux)
Roni Size - Roni Size Touching Down (Full Cycle)
Terranova - Hitchhiking Non-Stop With No Particular Destination (Studio k7)
Keith Fullerton Whitman (AKA Hrvatski) - Playthroughs (Kranky)

# posted by DJ Martian 1:01 AM

Sunday, October 27, 2002

 

Centaur

When his space rock outfit HUM sputtered to a halt front man Matt Talbott took time out to regroup, eventually emerging with a new lease on rock and a new band, the like-minded Centaur.

Lost At Sea have a feature on: Centaur

A recent Pitchfork review Centaur - In Streams

Centaur have unleashed a wonderfully textured rock album.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:28 PM
 

Linenoise

A community based music weblog/website: Linenoise

# posted by DJ Martian 1:42 PM
 

Simon Reynolds

Simon Reynolds has recently started a blog: blissblog

Two new articles:

ELECTROCLASH

24 Hour Party People

# posted by DJ Martian 1:35 PM
 

One Live In Notingham: October 25th - November 1st

Radio 1 are currently in Nottingham for a week: One Live In Notingham

Radio 1: One Live In Notingham - Schedule

John Peel has a series of Live Artists performing:

John Peel Presents - Tuesday

John Peel Presents - Wednesday

John Peel Presents - Thursday

# posted by DJ Martian 1:19 PM

Saturday, October 26, 2002

 

Epitonic

The brilliant Epitonic mp3 download website has a new design, looking v.smart.

Also New to Epitonic for the latest additions.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:01 PM
 

This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

This week's new releases @ BOOMKAT - A PELICANNECK ELECTRONIC MUSIC STORE include:

Bullwackies Allstars - Nature's Dub - Wackies

Absolutely kicking dubwise rockers from the Wackies stables, this is a great selection from the archives. Possibly outsmarting even the recent African dub series revivals, head straight from the top for the title cut, a beyond fierce stepper. Check some of the cuts through a pa and you'll be as close as possible to having your own dubplates, without getting your hands dirty. Nice extra version to Rockfort Rock tucked away on here, its a pleasure at last to have this cultural item back around once more. Unmissable.

Andreas Tilliander - Elit - Mille Plateaux

Brand new album from Mr Tilliander, aka Mokira, Rechord, Komp, Lowfour - and probably one of his best to date. Minimal funk crunch beats in a stripped 2-step electronic framework - crisp sonics, speaker crushing bass and a razor sharp click percussive structure. Two tracks interject vocals, soulful abstraction and straight rap. Nine tracks. Killer stuff..

Cabaret Voltaire - The Original Sound Of Sheffield '78 - '82 - Mute

Compiled and remastered lovingly by founder member Richard H. Kirk, this compilation covers Cabaret Voltaires unquestionably best, most creative and influential period. Capturing the bands finest moments in chronological order starting at "Do The Mussolini (Headkick), through the outstanding classic �Nag Nag Nag� finishing at �Loosen The Clamp�. This compilation follows the release of the single �Nag Nag Nag� on Novamute, which featured brand new mixes by Tiga & Zyntherius, Akufen and Richard H. Kirk himself as well as the original. Ace.

Horsepower Productions - In Fine Style - Tempa

The sound of the UK underground hits Boomkat, with the rampant b-lines and dope breaks of Horsepower Productions' ass-shakin� booner. It�s been long overdue for us to bring you some grade A UK 2-step and with Horsepower Productions the time has finally come. Imagine the tuff Squarepusherisms of 'Red Hot Car' stripped back with added reggae vocal drops, Berlin-vibed depth and oodles of digital funk, that's what Horsepower can provide. The 2LP features seven cuts while the CD drops thirteen, the extra cuts derived from the previous dope Tempa twelves we hope to have in stock soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the unique vibes of old school acid bass lines ramming over the breaks. Horsepower have a certain, almost Detroit-vibe inherent in their tracks, some deep strings and warm synths compliment the rough edged drum�n�bass breaks of the garage scene. All this ties in to produce not just excellent floor destroyers, but soulful tracks that are a joy to listen to, you know we wouldn�t big this up if we hadn't been jumping around to it ourselves....ripper!!

Meat Beat Manifesto - R.U.O.K? - Quatermass

Jack Dangers constantly evolving musical persona has culminated in numerous classics such as "Strap Down", "God O.D.", "Helter Skelter","Psyche Out", "Radio Babylon", "Edge of No Control" and "It�s the Music". Currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jack Dangers continues to stretch sonic boundaries and influence new generations of sound activists. This, MBM�s seventh album and first in 4 years, represents a healthy growth in the innovative Meat Beat sound. At first listen, the dense, dark layers of samples, breakbeats, and politically-charged vocals that were the hallmark of previous MBM releases are noticeably stripped down on R.U.O.K? The music was in part created in Danger�s Bay area studio on a incredibly rare 1970�s synthesizer unit called the EMS Synthi 100. Includes collaborations with turntablist-of-the-moment, Z-Trip, and ambient legend Alex Paterson of The Orb.

Sigur Ros - () - Fat Cat

In a move that brings to mind hideous 70's concept prog albums Sigur Ros return with a new untitled album, eight tracks long with running lengths from 6:32 to 13:00. Nevermind, clear the nightmarish thoughts as the Icelandic wonders again hit levels of majestic angelic unrock that captured everyones imaginations in 2000. Since then they have shared the stage with Radiohead most famously at the Oxford jamboree last year and a certain Radioheadness runs throughout this album. Vocals are twisted, guitar strokes lift off into the sky.... majorly epic but not in a naff way. Overlong, yes - but there are enough moments of magic for the band�s existing fanbase to still believe. A successful return, gorgeous packaging!

T.Raumschmiere - Anti - Hefty

"Anti" marks the Hefty debut of the prolific German artist, Marco Haas, aka T.Raumschmiere, and the welcome return of our favourite Chicago label. Based in Berlin, Marco has released music for Kompakt, as well as Sender and his own critically acclaimed imprint, Shitkatapult. Marco's tracks come rough, rugged and subversive, part Berlin, part dubwise, with a whisper of his industrial-punk heritage. Haas has found sounds for this release on common ground with the estimable HEFTY, think of a Berlin take on the Slicker sound and you're some of the way there. In Marco's own words: "a knarzy sound is the sound that makes you think something is wrong with your stereo." Subtle drum programming and 'knarzy' noises are the main course, supplemented with spacious melodies and submerged allusions to techno. A strong Berlin sound pervades the tracks, most evidently on the fantastic 'erloesung durch strom': a string line throws you back to classic Detroit and a subtle mood envelops you. What's most striking about this much anticipated release is the way Marco has risen to the Hefty brief, and succeeded in finding a new style totally in keeping with his new spiritual home. None of his German output prepared us for the new sounds and consistent qualities of this excellent release. The cd version of Anti also contains a Quicktime visual, film short by Daniel Thouw. Highly recommended

V/A Famous When Dead Two - Playhouse

Awesome second compilation on the mighty Playhouse imprint! Part 2 does not present an overview of the labels releases but features some of the label's favourite tracks put together by DJ ATA. Featuring gems from : The Soft Pink Truth, Brooks, Shake, Swayzak, Mille & Mr Hirsch, Shalark and loads more. Vinyl to follow!

Asmus Tietchens - Y Menge - Mille Plateaux

The strange world of Asmus Tietchens expands with another chapter in his prolific career. His 3rd release on Ritornell/Mille Plateaux starts with a creeping intensity of high frequencies sparkling through the speakers, shards of sound passed through numerous filters give an impression of shimmering stars and alien enviroments. The theme is kept through the cd, extremely minimal layerings of quiet sounds with track 3 being the most subtle work. Fans of Asmus� past work will relish this release as it�s a brighter side of the man who can delve extremely deep into sounds and drones, but this is a lush listen remeniscent of his work on Korm Plastics, with its machine undertones and sci-fi sounds brought together superbly, one for the head....

Suicide - American Supreme - Mute

Legendary New York duo Suicide release a brand new album, their first for 10 years. The first 1500 CD copies come with a previously unreleased, limited edition, bonus disc of the entire show of the second night from Suicide's 1998 "comeback" shows @ The Garage, in London. �American Supreme�, features 11 new tracks recorded over the last 12 months in New York.

Dan Boadi & The African Internationals - Money Is The Root Of Evil - Aestuarium

Jamie Hodge's label comes correct with a masterful follow up to the Philip Cohran Artistic Heritage Ensemble's "On The Beach" masterpiece. This time the focus is purest funky Afrobeat, two long jams adorning this wicked twelve. Dan Boadi rose to prominence mid-70�s, topping the national charts in his native Ghana with the Abrabo LP, which apparently "sold like apples". Dan decided to try his luck in the United States, arriving in Chicago in 1978. With little fanfare, he released Money is the Root of Evil in a limited run of 500 copies. The LP�s two cuts, "Money is the Root of Evil" and "Play That Funky Music" launched the propulsive Afro-Beat of Nigeria�s FELA KUTI into the majestic, psychedelic abandon of the American dancefloor. At least that was the intention. What should have become a venerable Loft/Warehouse monster passed unnoticed. Dejected, Dan returned to Ghana, unable to grasp his would-be American market. BOADI returned to the US at the end of 1991 and what he found was a very different set of circumstances. An optimistic BOADI proclaimed, "Okay, we�ve got to start a band right away, we're going to try this again." BOADI�s new group, GHANATTA, found itself right at home in Chicago�s Afro-Caribbean circuit, fitting in with the newly defined "world music" market. Litte did BOADI know that his his first recording session in Chicago years earlier would draw him there for good. Now that African music had become more defined and understood by the American audience, Boadi was receiving praise for his authenticity. We hope BOADI�s wait is now over, Money is the Root of Evil has stood the test of time and we believe that the energy and atmosphere of DAN BOADI�s music remains prescient. Both songs drip sweat on the dancefloor - each swinging with a tight, Afro-Beat/disco/funk-fused propulsion. This EP truly deserves to be heard,take a listen to what we�ve all been missing out on all these years!

John Beltran - Sun Gypsy - Ubiquity

New album by this legendary producer whose emotional techno classics 'Placid Angels' and 'Ten Days Of Blue' both about to be repressed on CD by Peacefrog. In 2002 Beltran is more interested in broken beat jazz, latin and funk - with the end result being a brasil fuelled percussive bomb from start to finish. Only low point is a wack cover of Stings 'Fragile', elsewhere is batacuda funk, loopsided bossa and deep funk. Seriously good.

Tipsy - Remix Party - Asphodel

Tipsy, after two excellent albums of future jazztronicaloungemusik for Asphodel, Tipsy call their friends round to remix a selection of their favourite tunes. First up is Matmos who drop hyper silly nu-boogie funk quirkyness. The equally daft Messer Chups are inspired by dangerous exotica beauties and Audiodreg label madmen Dim Dim get darkcore mariachi style on their remix of 'El Bombo Atomico', very good indeed. High Llamas surprise with their hyper slow rock update of 'Sweet Cinnamon Punch' with spiky lyrics in tow and People Like Us spray on the dark glitter with 'Reverse Cowgirl. Ten tracks in total. An interesting and successful remix project.

Black Heart Procession - Amore Del Tropico - Touch & Go

Amore del Tropico is The Black Heart Procession�s fourth long-player, and the first in their catalogue to possess a title other than a numeral. �Amore del Tropic�o unfolds an intriguing tale of murder and mystery, broken hearts, failed schemes, and twisted memories worthy of a David Lynch film. Violin and cello flesh out many of the tracks, as well as the trademark BHP piano lines, but perhaps most striking is the chorus of female voices that provide back-up on several of the tracks on this 55-minute record. Amore del Tropico manages to propel The Black Heart Procession into a completely new and exciting direction, but without abandoning the inimitable sonic fingerprint that makes them who they are. Gorgeous.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:03 PM

Friday, October 25, 2002

 

BBCi Collective

A few reviews from BBCi Collective:

Beth Gibbons and Rustin' Man - Out of Season

Simian - We Are Your Friends

BBCi Collective also review:

Sigur R�s - ( ) (Fatcat)

J-Walk - A Night On The Rocks (East West)

# posted by DJ Martian 8:04 PM
 

Bjork

The Guardian have an interview feature with Bjork

'In England they think I'm one of the Teletubbies' Bj�rk looks back on two decades of music, fame and scrapping with the media. By Paul Lester

# posted by DJ Martian 1:35 PM
 

The Guardian: Friday Reviews

Three reviews from The Guardian today:

Beth Gibbons and Rustin' Man - Out of Season *****

Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons ****

Spring Heel Jack - Amassed ****

# posted by DJ Martian 1:33 PM
 

Metro Area - Metro Area

dotmusic review Metro Area - Metro Area

# posted by DJ Martian 12:45 AM

Thursday, October 24, 2002

 

X-Ray

MediaGuardian.co.uk report on the launch of X-Ray magazine: Xfm backs pocket sized music magazine.

I mentioned X-Ray last week the new Xfm backed music magazine. It is billed as a monthly music magazine, yet we will have to wait till the end of February 2003 - for Issue 2 - and from then on it's monthly. Presumably the contracted publishers, Swinstead Publishing [on behalf of Xfm], (the same company behind Jockey Slut and Sleazenation) are using the first issue as a live test - re advertisers, distribution, editorial, marketing and to build customer awareness.

It's better than I expected and the A5 size works, I suppose the closest reference point would be Select magazine, just before it when out of business in December 2000.

X-Ray's deputy editor is Jody Thompson who was poached from the NME, where she was the news editor. I can see the gap in the market it is trying to fill, i.e a monthly that is more uptodate and on the ball than Q. [but lets face it that would not be too difficult to achieve!]

X-Ray is a long way from what my ideal music magazine should be in 2002, but it may actually last longer than a year, contrary to what I initially suggested last week.

In related news Jockey Slut has had a price increase to �3.75 but promise a quality covermounted CD each month to reflect the editorial content.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:28 PM
 

Mixing It

Details of the next 3 Mixing it shows on Radio 3:

27th October 2002

Robert Sandall and Mark Russell present a
unique mix of musical styles and influences.



3rd November 2002

Mark Russell and Robert Sandall present eclectic
sounds from the cutting edge, including a studio
session by American experimental rock band JOMF.


[JOMF = that's Jackie O Motherfucker]

10th November 2002

Robert Sandall and Mark Russell present a
unique mix of musical styles and influences.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:57 PM
 

Suicide - American Supreme

The Independent review Suicide - American Supreme

# posted by DJ Martian 6:56 PM
 

Tech-house

Tech-house mailing list homepage has been redesigned.

This list serves for the discussion of non-commercial house and techno-house music from all over the planet.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:51 PM
 

Landing - Fade In Fade Out

Dusted review Landing - Fade In Fade Out

# posted by DJ Martian 12:13 PM
 

Amon Tobin - Out From Out Where

Pitchfork review Amon Tobin - Out From Out Where

# posted by DJ Martian 12:07 PM
 

Snapcase - End Transmission

Splendid review Snapcase - End Transmission

[This album also achieved Album of the Month in Terrorizer magazine]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:03 PM
 

Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs

Stylus Magazine review Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs

Dusted review Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs

It is an amazing gem of an album, certainly one of the year�s best.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:00 PM
 

Patrick Wolf

Earlier this year I raved about a new artist, Patrick Wolf who is signed to Capitol K's new record label Faith & Industry.

Patrick Wolf's first ep is out November 11th (lead track Bloodbeat), this is superb electro-pop, think Soft Cell at their peak in the early 80s. Patrick Wolf does sound abit like Marc Almond, in his emotional vocal delivery style. John Kennedy on Xfm - has made it his big single of the week (the track Bloodbeat). Patrick Wolf's forthcoming debut album is called Lycanthropy due spring 2003.

November the 11th sees the debut release from our label, Faith & Industry. The 'Patrick Wolf E.P' 4 tracks of exciting electronic pop and laptop choped folk. advance copys can be found now at rough trade covent garden, talbot road, and Victim Boutique on Fashion st (off Brick Lane) go seek it out

See Faith & Industry

Patrick Wolf
"The Patrick Wolf EP"
(Faith and Industry)


Faith and Industry make their debut release with new artist PATRICK WOLF and "The Patrick Wolf EP" on the 11th of November 2002

At just 19 years of age, Patrick Wolf has delivered a very interesting EP � a blend of laptronics, folk, blistering breaks, passionate vocals and lyrics, classical compositions, and gorgeous melodies.

This EP proceeds a forthcoming LP also on Faith and Industry called "Lycanthropy" � a recording reflecting and composed of songs written from age 14-18.

Initial reactions on Patrick Wolf�s music have ranged from him being the saviour of electronic pop to making people feel quite sick! Either one sounds quite fine by us

As for Mr. Wolf, he�d quite like to be the 21st Century Male Joni Mitchell. And as he can often be found bicycling round his native London with a ukulele strapped to his side, it�s a comparison we feel is soon to be made.

Faith and Industry is the new label from Capitol K and Rachael Ruth Matthews.

Wolf performances to be announced shortly.


More info @ the official Patrick Wolf website.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:18 AM

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

 

Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs

Electro innovator Hrvatski masters the art of the drone on his birthname debut for Kranky. Here, Whitman digitally alters solo guitar pieces to extract glass-watered tones, setting a mood that evokes sterile fluorescents and neon hillsides. Reminiscent of Steve Reich's Phase Pieces or the most minimal of ambient Brian Eno, Playthroughs is the year's most carefully composed and inviting headphones album

As promised Mark Richardson @ Pitchfork reviews Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs with a high 9.7 rating.

Still, I'm writing a record review for Pitchfork here, so I have to give you my honest opinion: this is by some margin the best album I've heard in 2002, and there are only about ten weeks left.

[On tangent note, Kerrang reviewed this album today, the poor reviewer who obviously doesn't understand or appreciate experimental music gave it 1K - mind you some reviewers at Kerrang are simpletons - the superb Xiu Xiu were treated likewise earlier this year. Extremely different music provokes extreme reaction one way or the other, I remember the last few years at Melody Maker often interesting experimental music scored low ratings yet ordinary conventional rock music (rubbish) scored highly]

# posted by DJ Martian 11:07 PM
 

Tarwater - Dwellers on the Threshold

Splendid review Tarwater - Dwellers on the Threshold

Dwellers on the Threshold is a mass of contradictions: coldly hypnotic, yet deliciously warm (though I wouldn't go so far as to say fuzzy). Somehow Tarwater bring it all together to create an album that's deeply compelling, sometimes catchy and always nostalgic

# posted by DJ Martian 10:48 PM
 

United Future Organization - V

Exceptional records will release the new album from United Future Organization, called V in the UK on November 4th.

United Future Organization are pioneers of the electronic jazz scene in Japan, see the United Future Organization

# posted by DJ Martian 10:29 PM
 

IPC Ignite - More Music related Magazines !

Mediaweek.co.uk report that IPC Ignite (publishers of Muzik, NME, Uncut) have appointed (soon to be) ex Loaded editor Keith Kendrick to oversee new product launches:

..on November 1, will surround himself with a development team to thrash out new ideas for titles covering the men�s lifestyle and music arena

# posted by DJ Martian 4:27 PM
 

DJ Spooky - Optometry

Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky) teams up with heavyweights Matt Shipp and Joe Mcphee for a heady slice of electronic free jazz.

BBCi Music review DJ Spooky - Optometry

# posted by DJ Martian 3:57 PM
 

Snug

A new london based style magazine launched last week called Snug the first issue has Jarvis Cocker on the front cover.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:48 PM
 

Logo Magazine

Has anyone seen Logo Magazine, yet?, it's a freebie UK based music magazine: Logo Magazine are on their 4th issue, that has Interpol on the front.

Issue 4 of LOGO Magazine hits the streets on 1st October and it's controversial! We turn the spotlight on the state of the music press and ask the question: is it a dead media? It's bound to inspire a tide of mail, as is our new feature, Nelson's Column. Let's face it, some artists put themselves on a pedestal and are just asking to be pushed off it; this month our willing victim is Mark Greaney of JJ72, and he does it all in his own words. We also spend time with our cover stars Interpol, Easyworld, Minuteman, Jetplane Landing, Da Lata and many more. As usual we review fifty or so albums, give away a stack of free stuff and provide a handy overview of the year's best festivals. All this, and it's free. Don't hang around, get yourself down to your local high street record shop or venue, and in some places your local library, and pick up a copy before it disappears.

We only have 75,000 copies out there and they go in a hurry. If you can't find it copies are available from the LOGO offices at a cost of �1 each to cover P&P


Logo Magazine does not look adventurous, mining mostly alt-guitar rock - seems very much in the NME/ X-Ray terrain.

I have not seen a copy of Logo, yet.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:45 PM
 

The Wire

Details of the new edition of The Wire that just happens to be the 20th Anniversary Special edition - everyone (not just subscribers) gets a free Double CD.

The Wire also inform us that a new website is on the way in November.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:24 AM
 

If I were an editor of a weekly music magazine this week's front cover would feature: Sigur Ros

This week's front cover choice is Icelandic band, Sigur R�s. As you are sure to know by now the album has a strange non title: ( )

The album is released October 28th in the UK on fat cat records

Sigur R�s' third album is to be released on October 28. The untitled record contains eight songs, each of which is also untitled. The material is drawn from the live set the group have developed in the three years since the initial release of 'Agaetis Byrjun'.

This is the first Sigur R�s record to be made at Alafoss, the group's converted swimming pool studio just outside of Reykjavik. It was recorded there between January and March this year and mixed at Real World in June and August, with co-producer Ken Thomas. It also features the group�s live string section amina throughout it s 70-minutes length.

This is in many ways a rawer, more fragile record than its predecessor, with the band moving towards something starker and less obviously honed. For this reason it perhaps appears as more of a live record, although, paradoxically, it also sees them experimenting with samplers and the overall breadth of their sound more than ever before.

Sigur R�s are changing, that is apparent throughout the intense highs and lows of this strange and moving record. What remains constant, however, is their unparalleled ability to draw on deep wells of emotion and beauty wordlessly. As before, vocalist Jonsi Thor Birgisson only ever uses his other-worldly voice as another instrument in the band.

The album will be preceded by a European tour throughout October, after which they will head off to America and Japan



John Kennedy on Xfm has played a couple of tracks from the album, one of the features the words "Desire" and is so sublime, atmospheric and epic - the track builds from serene ambience to supreme epic guitar work.


Download a long MP3 from the new album (track 6) @ Sigur Ros

about the album
( ) comprises eight untitled songs which sigur r�s have been playing at concerts in the past 2-3 years. a 30 second period of silence divides the 71 minute album in two halves, each half containing four tracks. the first half is light and optimistic while the second half is bleaker and more melancholic, "plays more with your emotions", as j�nsi worded it. there is some experimentation of instruments in the first half of the album, with some sampling of j�nsi's voice and more emphasis on keyboard than guitar (drummer orri plays keyboard on tracks 1 and 3). there is more of the typical guitar, bass and drums line-up on the second half, j�nsi bowing guitar as usually.

comparing ( ) to the band's last album, �g�tis byrjun, it can be described as more minimalistic and atmospheric than its predessessor. it's a rawer and darker album and considerably less accessible than �g�tis byrjun; drum beats are usually slow (tracks 1 and 3 are drum-free) and the songs take their time to progress into the trademark sigur r�s emotional climaxes, making for a more challenging but more rewarding listen. with its intense highs and lows and its mood ranging from brittle to brutal, ( ) is very much a headphone album.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:26 AM
 

Tonevendor

Clairecords have a mail order division/webshop under the Tonevendor brand. A heavy bias towards shoegazer/dreampop/ethereal guitar sounds. Subscribe to the e-mail lists for latest new release info.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:07 AM
 

Paik - Corridors

Delusions of Adequacy review Paik - Corridors

Beautiful and ethereal rock from these shoegazer masters, sometimes noisy.

earlier this year Fake Jazz.com reviewed this album with a 12/12 rating

Listening to Paik is akin to listening to Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Kinski, Yume Bitsu, and Tristeza duke it out in a battle royale.

Two MP3's are available at Paik


Latest News on Paik: @ beyonder records

"The Orson Fader"
PAIK's brand new full length
Due late November/ early December on Clairecords.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:02 AM

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

 

Paradise Lost - Symbol of Life

As such, the latest work, �Symbol Of Life�, represents in some ways a new beginning. At a time in which the quality of a Paradise Lost album is still measured by many on the basis of its heavy guitar content, Nick Holmes, Greg Mackintosh, Aaron Aedy, Steve Edmondson and Lee Morris offer their audience a new challenge in which there is no shortage of guitar bombast, but without subjugating themselves to the apparent constraints of their previous history. Instead, they have released themselves from the black & white logic of their previous creative decisions and are taking their next artistic steps with a variety of different feet. �Symbol Of Life� allows the magnitude of influences that have always hovered in the background of their work to roam freely, whether in the form of the enchanting �Dead Can Dance� cover, �Xavier�, the almost-forgotten Sisters Of Mercy influenced gothic hymns or rhythmically state-of-the-art Cyber-Rock � Paradise Lost come across on this album as �liberated� in the truest sense of the word. Just one ghost of the past will remain intact with them forever it seems � the ghost of �being miserable� that continues to be the unifying force in this album as in all of their previous work. Paradise Lost - Biography



Yorkshire rock band Paradise Lost release their new album, Symbol of Life in the UK next week (October 28th). It has ben produced by Rhys Fulber ex of FrontLine Assembly and producer of many Fear Factory albums. Tracks from the new album can be heard @ MTV.de

In the early to mid 90s Paradise Lost built themselves an international reputation for heavy atmospheric metal, they gradually progressed and changed styles, their most successfull album in the UK was 1995's Draconian Times that even Q acknowledged as one of the finest albums of the year. [for more history/ background on the early years read the Paradise Lost - Biography ]

Next up 1997 (One Second) saw a shift to electro-rock that had more in common with Sisters of Mercy, then came the album (Paradise Lost's first for EMI Chrysalis) that I enjoyed particularly the excellent Host - that had a strong Depeche Mode flavour to it, think DM circa 1993.

Believe in Nothing, released in 2001 was a strange release - that did not fit any music scene - most of the critics gave the album a negative response and the band lost their deal with EMI.

In Germany, Paradise Lost have massive recognition/respect - and regularly play major rock festivals in the summer, in the UK the metal crowd have virtually deserted Paradise Lost, instead Paradise Lost haved played more recently at the infamous Goth Festival in Whitby.

... anyway returning to this new album Symbol of Life - on a new label associated with BMG (again the German connection) has had virtual zero build up or promotion in the UK. Yet the reviews from Germany have been enthusiastic:

Paradise Lost are the champions of rock, and melancholic metal�
- Hammer, Germany

"Album of the month! 8/10"
- Rock Hard, Germany

�Symbol of life is the official successor of Draconian Times� 8.5/10
- Metal Heart, Germany

"Album of the month!"
- Sonic Seducer


Paradise Lost�s 9th studio album �Symbol of Life� will be released via GUN Records/BMG on the following dates:

Monday 21st October Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Russia
Monday 28th October United Kingdom, Sweden
Tuesday 12th November USA via Koch Records

Release date yet to be announced: Spain, Portugal, Italy, Japan, Korea.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:45 PM
 

Low Res - Blue Ramen

BBCi Music review Low Res - Blue Ramen on the Plug Research label.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:38 PM
 

Pitchfork MP3s

Pitchfork have added a selection of new MP3 downloads. Worth a browse through.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:54 PM
 

The Mercury Program - A Data Learn the Language

Pitchfork review The Mercury Program - A Data Learn the Language

# posted by DJ Martian 12:50 PM
 

World of Tomorrow - Global Citizen

Splendid review World of Tomorrow - Global Citizen

They bathe in artistic freedom, polishing and honing a sound that is both unique and forward-thinking, with roots that incorporate a whole slather of styles -- sort of a Sun-Ra meets Debussy meets Sonic Youth (yes, all artists that defy classification).

# posted by DJ Martian 12:38 PM
 

Amon Tobin

Jam Showbiz have an interview feature on Amon Tobin

# posted by DJ Martian 12:29 PM
 

the Brainwashed Brain V05I40 - 10202002

This week's the Brainwashed Brain includes reviews of:

Hrvatski - Swarm and Dither
Planet Mu

Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs
Kranky

T. Raumschmiere - Anti
Hefty

Boom Bip - Seed to Sun
Lex

Comets on Fire - Field Recordings From the Sun
Ba Da Bing!

Guitar - Sunkissed
Morr Music

Cabaret Voltaire - The Original Sound of Sheffield '78/'82
Mute

# posted by DJ Martian 12:02 AM

Monday, October 21, 2002

 

John Peel - This Week

Coming up on John Peel - This Week

Tuesday 22 October: Circle (2nd Part)

Wednesday 23 October: Kid606

Thursday 24 October: Coldcut Recorded Live in Paris

Remember after broadcast these shows can be listened to anytime for the next 7 days: @ BBC Radio 1 John Peel

# posted by DJ Martian 10:29 PM
 

6Music - Lamacq

"Lammo", Just when we thought we got rid of him (after the announcement of the Lamacq evening session being scrapped at the end of the year on Radio 1), Steve Lamacq has got himself a regular slot on 6Music on Saturdays 11am - 2pm.

playlist/running order for the first show October 19th. Shock ! there are actually some interesting artists played, including: Cave In and Radio 4

# posted by DJ Martian 5:48 PM
 

Project Satisfaction

MediaGuardian.co.uk report that former EMAP executives David Hepworth & Mark Ellen have started a new company Development Hell. Their first publishing launch will be monthly men's glossy:

The forthcoming title, known as Project Satisfaction, will launch early next year.

The magic formula Development Hell hopes will attract readers includes music, books, movies, digital and wireless technology but "not girls in their pants" and "not celebs".

# posted by DJ Martian 4:53 PM
 

Q Awards - Radiohead Best Band in the World

Dull UK Rock monthly, Q have announced the Winners of the 2002 Q Awards. See Radio 1 and dotmusic and BBCi News for winners details.

Radiohead won the Best Band in The World Award - but have a look at the shortlisted nominations for this category - It's hardly stiff competition. Also 'Orrible Oasis won nothing - hooray !

Also of interest: two bands that have been making music for over two decades are acknowledged:

The Q Innovation Award Depeche Mode

Q Inspiration Award Echo And The Bunnymen

If your remotely interested, The 13th Annual Q Awards will be broadcast on Channel 4 tomorrow night at 11.30pm.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:29 PM
 

Stars As Eyes - Enemy of Fun

STARS AS EYES: Enemy of Fun CD (TIGERBEAT6)

"Eleven tracks of pure musical reinvention and rebirth by these
Providence, Rhode Island, ex-pats -- orchestral in scope but
punk at heart; forsaking ambience for drums; turning down the
synths and pads and turning up the guitars and samples.
Freshly inspired by relocation to Austin, Texas, Stars As Eyes
composed these songs on piano and guitar (without completely
ignoring samples), from minimal to psychedelic to IDM to
krautrock to electro to Providence rock. It's a stellar change of
pace from their debut CD Freedom Rock -- heavier, thicker, more
intense, yet cognizant of their emo-IDM roots. Songs like 'The
French Method' and 'Suspension Days' contain a subtle,
sustained beauty unequaled by their previous output, with
melodies that would make M�m, To Rococo Rot or Boards of
Canada proud. 'Important Youth Movement' is a slice of inspired
electro-kraut with off-kilter, deadly guitar stabs, pounding drums
and searing synth lines that build to a fever pitch and land in a
soothing bed of soft breaks, piano, and a lullaby of strings worthy
of Aphex Twin. Like a third of Flying Saucer Attack and half of
Autechre stuck in a rehab center with a computer."


Source: Skimo e-mail newsletter.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:07 PM
 

Phil Niblock - YPGPN

Splendid review Phil Niblock - YPGPN

# posted by DJ Martian 1:25 PM
 

Godspeed You Black Emperor! - Yanqui U.X.O.

Stylus Magazine review Godspeed You Black Emperor! - Yanqui U.X.O

# posted by DJ Martian 1:22 PM
 

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - Electric Heavyland

Pitchfork review Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - Electric Heavyland

# posted by DJ Martian 1:20 PM
 

Massive Attack

NME.com provide an update on Massive Attack. Their next album is due for release January 27th, but the good news Massive Attack are already working on the follow up to this album.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:09 PM
 

Oneida - Each One Teach One

Junkmedia review the heavy psychedelic rock sounds of Oneida - Each One Teach One

# posted by DJ Martian 1:02 PM
 

J-Walk - A Night on the Rocks

Manchester, Manchester so much to answer for,.. yet another brilliant new band from Manchester arrives: J-Walk.

A Night On The Rocks is the result of a couple of years spent in the studio as well as a couple of lifetimes spent digesting music that ranges from Underground Resistance to the Beach Boys, Kraftwerk to Motown

J-Walk release their debut album, A Night on the Rocks on east west on October 28th. I have listened to a few J-Walk tracks on the radio so far, and like fellow Manchester band, My Computer they have an unusual hybrid sound mixing up sounds in a melting pot of ideas.

This could well be one of the key albums of the year. Remember where you read it first !

J WALK ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY
THE POOL, LONDON EC2
OCTOBER 24, 2002 7pm - 2am

J Walk launch their highly anticipated debut album A Night On The Rocks at London's The Pool on Thursday October 24 in association with eastwest Records and the acclaimed Fidgit collective. Appearing on the night will be J Walk themselves, as well as Riton, DJ Fidgit, Frederick Lagergren, James Starling and Saturated Phat. J Walk release A Night On The Rocks on October 28 through eastwest Records. Tipped as one of the hottest dance acts to have emerged from Manchester in recent years, J Walk are Martin Brew and Martin Desai. A Night On The Rocks is a swinging b boy, cocktail party of a record that showcases the duos trademark sound, and has already been described by Seven as 'Brilliant bearded beats.' The album includes J Walks cult 7 singles Soul Vibration and French Letter, which have already found them favour with dedicated vinyl junkies and the likes of Jockey Slut, Seven, DJ and the NME.

A Night On The Rocks is the result of a couple of years spent in the studio as well as a couple of lifetimes spent digesting music that ranges from Underground Resistance to the Beach Boys, Kraftwerk to Motown. From the sinuous, seductive skank of bass-driven ballad Another Lover, to the well polished, shiny disco ball that is �Heavens Above (another sought-after 7 DJ delight), it is clear that this is an album skirting around the edges of hip hop and house, flirting with samples and toying with the medium to come up with ever more inventive, ever more exciting new hybrids. Its an album that sounds as exciting stomped and wasted on the couch after a good night out as it does on the dancefloor. Scarlet Menace keeps the funky soundtrack vibe flowing, featuring Veba, the star of Rae & Christians modern classic Spellbound, prowling like a panther around a stomping horn riff straight from James Brown�s PCP nightmares. Away from the dancefloor, Elbow singer Guy Garvey contributes some more introspective vocals to Cariad, while French Letter adds a menacing touch to turn a loungecore sample into decidedly uneasy listening. Resident DJ at Fat City�s legendary Friends & Family night, Martin Brew began his musical career with the deep dub explorations of mid �90s experimental outfit Strange Brew. While Brew is best known for mixing dusty disco and funk records as precise as if they were metronomic modern dance tunes, fellow J Walker Martin Desai has always been a studio recluse. Today he runs Codebreaker studios in Manchester, engineering and mixing music from local heroes including Elbow, Andy Votel and Badly Drawn Boy. The pair met in 1994 and bonded through a mutual love of disco, Detroit techno and electro. The first J Walk EP was released shortly after and then, in 2000, the scant 500 copies of Soul Vibration appeared and quickly flew out of specialist record shops. It was an instant classic. The kind of music Dr Dre would be making if he�d grown up dancing to Northern soul in a Lancashire youth club.


Source: Press Release.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:15 AM
 

A1 People - Yellow

Kudos records provide forthcoming info on an album from: A1 People - Yellow on the Hydrogen Dukebox label. Due for release November 4th. This is superb electro music.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:31 AM
 

Chunky Records - Forthcoming Releases

The busy Autumn release schedule shows no sign of slowing down, with yet more forthcoming releases profiled @ Chunky Records including these recent additions:

Devendra Banhart - Oh Me. Oh My The Way The ... (Young God) US Import CD

�Day Goes By The Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs Of The Christmas Spirit. The Longest Album Title In Quite Some Time!! Michael Gira�s Label Unearths Another Fantastic Artist!! Advanced Fingerpicking, Falsetto Warbling, Bursts Of Melodic Pop Brilliance, A True Take On Schizophrenic Pop / Rock, Comparisons Range From Pre T-Rex Marc Bolan, Daniel Johnston, Nick Drake, And Karen Dalton

Palestine / Coulter / Mathoul - Maximin (Young God) US Import CD

On Maximin, The Music Of The Seminal Minimalist Composer Charlemagne Palestine Is Reconfigured And Reiterated By David Coulter And Jean Marie Mathoul., In Full Co-Operation And Collaboration With Palestine. Coulter Is Known For His Work With The Pogues, Test Dept, Kronos Quartet, Marc Ribot, Yoko Ono, Roger Eno And Others. Mathoul Is A Sound Manipulator And Collagist Who Sometimes Collaborates With Coulter

RELEASED 4th NOVEMBER

Suicide - Amercian Supreme (Mute) Limited CD

Legendary New York duo Suicide release a brand new album, their first for 10 years. The first 1500 CD copies come with a previously unreleased, limited edition, bonus disc of the entire show of the second night from Suicide's 1998 "comeback" shows @ The Garage, in London. 'American Supreme�, features 11 new tracks recorded over the last 12 months in New York. The album carries the distinctive Suicide sound, and is being received by fans & media alike as without doubt one of the finest albums of their long career. Viewed as one of the prime innovators of the current Electro-Clash scene, it seems, after a lifetime of struggle, intercut with some long, long gaps, Suicide are finally receiving their due respect

Supersoul - 40 Acres And A Moog (Metatronix) US Import

After 10 years of groundwork that has seen him make countless ep and compilation appearances for labels like moonshine, bottom heavy, statra, liquid sky, lex, and of course his own metatronix, �40 acres�� is the headily-brewed debut full length from the jamaica-born miami-resident dj / producer. His melting 3-d blend of twisted beats, sick basslines, and mysterious melodies draws from a rich stream that reaches around the world from the streets of miami to rastafarian sounds to the ancient vedic culture of india. Supersoul ties together the best elements of everything from dub reggae to experimental sonics to electro funk and hip hop, to build monster tracks that connect back to instrumental icons like augustus pablo and the art of noise, with a mystical yet mechanical & organic yet robotic funk that defines the signature metatronix label sound. Featured guests include dj infamous (allies), push button objects (chocolate industries, warp), skam from old world disorder (beyond real), dynas (beyond real), cyne (botanica del jibaro). And for those that go back in the day, the one and only mikey dread makes an appearence. Miami's best-kept secret invites you to enter a world where truth and consciousness clash with digital and analog machines to breath life into a new and original vibe.

Nobukazu Takemura - Water Suite (Extreme) German Import

After Disbanding Spiritual Vibes In 1993, Takemura Started On His Solo Career.. Spanning More Than Ten Solo Albums, Takemura Is Back With His First Album Since �Animate� (Childisc). Takemuras Credits Also Include Sound-Design For Sonys Robotic Dog Aibo!.. Whilst Better Known For Touring With Tortoise, Jim O�rourke And Plaid. Thsi Release Is Limited To 1000 Copies And Then Will Be Deleted

RELEASED 11th NOVEMBER

THE Double U - White Night, Floating Anchor (Emperor Jones) US Import

Respected San Francisco Elves The Double U Stagger About Deftly For A Near-Hour Ride Through Dusty Carnivals, Ballet Competitions And Cookouts In The Fields Of Tuva. The Title Song Is A Six-Minute Wonder Of Waltz-Time Ballroom Doom, Its Dreaded Air Tempered With High-Pitched Vocals Of The Instantly Recognizable Linda Hagood, While "Valuable Duck Floats Through Lily Pond" Is Their Crowning Achievement, Matt Hall's Gently Barked Vocals Answering The Band's Seductive Crawl, Kind Of Like Tom Waits Fronting The Thinking Fellers. Sick And Hearty Production By Tim Green (Concentrick, Fucking Champs, Nation Of Ulysesses) At Louder Studios

Kid Dakota - So Pretty (Chairkickers Union) US Import

Released By Low�s Label, Chairkickers' Music. Kid Dakota Founding Members Darren Jackson (Vocals, Guitars, Keys) And Christopher Mcguire (Drum Set, Ice Cube Tray, Percussion) Create Taut, Intelligent Precise, And Complex Songs About Drug Abuse, Betrayal, Loretta Lynn, And Russian Novels. Recorded By Alex Oana (Spymob), So Pretty Fuses Knife-In-The-Stomach Guitars, Howitzer Gun Drumming, And Beautifully Sung Melodies. It Is This Improbable Union That Has Inspired Comparisons To Such Diverse Artists As Elliott Smith, Neutral Milk Hotel, Jeremy Enigk, The Kinks, Joegrushecky, Built To Spill, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, And Low. Zak Sally Of Low Joins Kid Dakota For The Three New Songs

Nagisa Ni Te - On The Love Beach (Jag Jaguwar) US Import

With Maher Shalal Hash Baz�s Help, With The Musical Contributions Of Many Of Their Collective Friends, And With The Assistance Of Shibayama�S Now Full-Fledged Cohort Masako Takeda In All Things Nagisa Ni Te, Shibayama Recorded And Released On The Love Beach, A Beautiful, Slow And Entrancing Work Pulling Equally From American And British Rock Traditions. Thus Was Born Nagisa Ni Te, Which Means �On The Beach� In Japanese, An Homage Of Sorts To Neil Young�s 1975 Masterpiece. Their Psych Folk Tendencies Notwithstanding, Nagisa Ni Te Also Did Well To Take Cues From The Avant Rock World Around Them At The Time. Though �On The Love Beach� Was Nagisa Ni Te�s Debut, It Is The Second Nagisa Ni Te Record Brought To The United States And Europe By Jagjaguwar. It Does Bring To Mind The Very Best Of 60�s And 70�s Psychedelic, Progressive And Folk Rock (I.E. Early To Middle-Era Pink Floyd, George Harrison, Crazy Horse, And Roxy Music)

Nad Navillus - Iron Night (Jag Jaguwar) US Import

Guitar Virtuoso, Songwriter Exemplar, Former Songs: Ohia Collaborator And Now Chicago Everyman Dan Sullivan (Aka Nad Navillus) Is Back With His Most Accomplished Work To Date, Iron Night. But This Time The Concept Of Nad Navillus Has Been Expanded. For Starters, Nad Navillus Has Bloomed Into A Full Band Accompanied By Various Instrumentalists, Including A Full-Blown String Section. Recorded At Steve Albini�s Electrical Audio In Chicago In The Blazing Summer Heat With Rob Bochnik And Greg Norman At The Helm, Iron Night Is The Nad Navillus Full-Length Avant Rock Record We�ve All Been Waiting For

Parlour - Googler (Temporary Residence Limited) US Import

Recorded Over The Last Five Years In Various Places And Mixed This Past Summer, Googler Continues The Meditative Flow Of Synth-Laden Drones, Crystalline Guitars And Dense Rhythms, Some Pounding Electronic Skronk, Even Dreamy Soundscapery. Having Collectively Served Time In Crain, The For Carnation And Aerial M, Among Others � A Fact Further Highlighted In The Gentle Ebb And Flow Of "Jololinine" And The Angular, Driving Attack Of "Distractor." Recommended To Fans Of M, The For Carnation, Early Tortoise And The Louisville Kentucky Scene

RELEASED 18th NOVEMBER

Black Dice - Lost Valley (Tigerbeat 6) US Import 3" CD

Black Dice. Lost Valley. (Tigerbeat 6) Us Import 3" Cd �6.99 - Black Dice Formed During The Spring Of 1997 In Providence, Ri As A Loud, Chaotic Mix Of Early Eighties-Inspired Thrash And Harsh Noise Experimentation. The Music Retains Elements Of Noise And Proto-Industrial Experimentation, While Organically Suggesting Minimal, Ambient Electronic, And Psychedelic Ideas As Well As Those Of Tropicalia And Dub. Black Dice Is Now The Organized Presentation Of Improvised Sound, Assembled Into Deliberate Structures Based On Visual Concepts. They Have Been Known To Gain Infamy In The Past For There Insane Live Antics Early Shows Seldom Lasted More Than 15 Minutes And Were Characterized By Violent Performances Where Injuries Were Often Sustained By Band And Audience Alike. Live Sets Mixed Structured Songs With Improvised Sound Manipulation And Shows Differed From Night To Night. Not Limited To The Usual Rhode Island Spazz Band Insanity But Also Sticking A Drumstick Up There Own Ass

# posted by DJ Martian 12:06 AM
 

SPOTLIGHT...KEY NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK:

Key new album releases for October 21st [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

This Week: October 21st

Add N to (X) - Loud Like Nature (Mute)
Assemblage 23 - Defiance (Accession Records) Import
Jessica Bailiff - Jessica Bailiff (Kranky)
Adam Beyer - Ignition Key (Truesoul)
Dino Felipe - Xanaconversex (Schematic)
Fennesz - Field Recordings 1995 - 2002 (Touch)
The Free Association - David Holmes presents the Free Association (13 Amp)
Lackluster - Wrapping (De Focus)
Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons (XL)
Low Res - Blue Ramen (Plug Research)
Metro Area - Metro Area (Source)
Phil Parnell - Do Your Living In the Night (Mantis)
Chris Potter - Travelling Mercies (EmArcy)
Random Inc - Walking In Jerusalem (Mille Plateaux)
Roni Size - Roni Size Touching Down (Full Cycle)
Terranova - Hitchhiking Non-Stop With No Particular Destination (Studio k7)
Keith Fullerton Whitman (AKA Hrvatski) - Playthroughs (Kranky)

For Reference:

Last Week: October 14th

The Advent - Sketched For Life (Tresor)
Mari Boine - Eight Seasons (Jazzland) UK Release 2002
Derrick L Carter - Squaredancing In a Round House (Classic)
Gus Gus - Attention (Underwater Records)
Hardkandy - How Do You Do Nothing (Catskills)
Hrvatski - Swarm and Dither (planet mu)
Jazzkammer - Pancakes (Smalltown Supersound)
GD Luxxe - Vendetta (Suction)
Moving Fusion - Star Sign (Ram Records)
Paloma - Sometimes We Love You Truly (Fabrique) Austrian Import
The Paper Chase - Hide the Kitchen Knives (Southern)
16B - How to Live 100 Years (Hooj Choons)
Amon Tobin - Out From Out Where (Ninja Tune)
Xinlisupreme - Murder License (Fat Cat) CD ep
Yakuza - Way Of The Dead (Century Media) Import [available at amazon.co.uk]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:04 AM

Sunday, October 20, 2002

 

Esbjorn Svensson/ E.S.T - Strange Place for Snow

The Guardian report on a recent live performance from Esbjorn Svensson

The full house stood for Svensson's band at the end, and it was a well-deserved ovation. The group has given the sound of the acoustic jazz piano trio quite a different edge - an explosion of new life and a different future - without betraying its roots in melodic subtlety, group empathy and detailed nuance.

Earlier this year Esbjorn Svensson released an album under the E.S.T name: E.S.T. (Esbjorn Svensson Trio) - Strange Place For Snow reviewed by JazzWeek.

At last a great European jazz act not on ECM.

See more reviews @ Amazon.co.uk

# posted by DJ Martian 11:33 PM
 

Beth Gibbons & Rustin' Man - Out Of Season

MusicOMH.com review Beth Gibbons & Rustin' Man - 'Out Of Season'

# posted by DJ Martian 11:12 PM
 

Latest AMG reviews from Andy Kellman

Andy @ Permafrost has updated his Recent Reviews for AMG.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:06 PM
 

Lightning Head - Studio Don

Debut album from ex-Rockers Hi-Fi main main Glyn Bush now recording under the moniker of Lightning Head. This wonderfully international record fuses latin, samba, reggae, dub and house

BBCi Music review Lightning Head - Studio Don

# posted by DJ Martian 10:11 PM
 

Keith Jarrett - Always Let Me Go

BBCi Music review Keith Jarrett - Always Let Me Go on the ECM label.

Also: see BBCi Jazz

The new album from Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette is out on October 21 on ECM. Recorded live in Tokyo, the album expands on the open, improvisatory approach begun on Inside Out and looks to be a highpoint in the trio's 20 year history. Meanwhile we have a whole track in RealAudio for you to enjoy...

# posted by DJ Martian 9:57 PM
 

Lemon Jelly - 'Lost Horizons' (XL)

MusicOMH.com review Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons that is released October 21st.

Also BBCi Music review Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons

# posted by DJ Martian 9:36 PM
 

Martin Grech

musicOMH.com interview Martin Grech the 19 year old Thom Yorke soundalike from Aylesbury, who released his debut album Open Heart Zoo earlier this year.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:35 PM
 

Metro Area - Metro Area

omar munoz-cremers @ KindaMuzik reviews METRO AREA | METRO AREA

# posted by DJ Martian 9:29 PM
 

Out Hud - S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D.

RewiReviews.com review the post-punk/avant funk punk inspired music on Out Hud - S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D. with a high 9.5 rating.

[This album is released in the UK on November 4th]

And remember that this is the best debut album in this class in more than a decade.

This album was first brought to my attention by Jess Harvell @ Technicolour who endorsed Out Hud enthusiastically earlier this year.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:13 PM
 

Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs

On this thread @ ILM: Best Album of 2002 Pitchfork writer, Mark Richardson proclaims, that Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs is his album of the year, and pre warned us of a Pitchfork review next week.

Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs is released in the UK on Kranky label tomorrow, October 21st.

As profiled @ Chunky Records New arrivals:

(HRTVATSKI) Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs (Kranky)

Keith Fullerton Whitman also records under the guise of HRVATSKI. This if the first release under his real name and showcases a new approach to music not evident on his splatterbreak Hrvatski releases. Whitman has used ring modulators , granular shuffling algorithms, delays and spectral effects in a process that owes a lot to TERRY RILEY�s �Time Lag Accumulator� and STEVE REICH�S �Piano Phases�. Technology and Whitman�s careful selection of notes combine to create shimmering drones and deep waves of sound

Also Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs is reviewed @ RewiReviews.com

# posted by DJ Martian 9:04 PM
 

Some New Releases for October 21st

A few albums I have not mentioned until now: that are released October 21st:

Beefcake - Hote (Mtronic) Limited Edition French Import

After releases on Hymen and Thrill Beat Construction here is the new and long awaited 9 track mini album from Beefcake. Considered as today's most famous sound designers, the german duo is back with a new masterpiece. On "H�te" their unique style of cinematic atmospheres and flurrying beats fuses two disparate elements : calmness and chaos. The calmtracks have become even more quiet, more microsounds and fragments, and on the other hand the drum'n'bass tracks are more hectic, darker and harsher than ever, resulting in some club hits like "Hote 02" which is going to be a memorable dancefloor killer. On this wonderful new mini album "H�te", you will also find 5 remixes by some cult acts from the electronic scene : Zoviet France (the british legend of experimental music), Venetian Snares, Electronicat, Dither and Displacer. To complete this CD, there is also a multimedia part containing a screensaver, some wall-papers and a video. Choose your chemical element choose Beefcake "H�te". Limited to 1000 copies worldwide and packaged in a 3 panel digipack

Jordan Fields - Moments In Dub (Mo Wax)

For someone who lists MAW, Grandmaster Flash, NYC Garage and James Bond amongst his influences, �Moments In Dub� captures Jordans� love of different styles. From the experimental beats of the opening track, the album goes on a journey through warped hip-hop, deep-house, funk, acid-house, tech-house and many places in between. As one continuous mix, each track flows effortlessly into another, creating an exceptional collage of sound


Jet Johnson - Tula (Errol)

Tula was recorded in a big room in the course of a single weekend, the songs emerged from the meeting of a homesick Norwegian with some suave London post-rockers, namely Gavin Baker and Hywell Dinsdale of Billy Mahonie, and Ian Scanlon of Econoline. �Music from that eye-rubbing dazzling place in between dreaming and waking up���where growing a bear-neck for kate makes solid sense���instrumentals that want to show you something about the ocean, like views where the water and the sky meet and bleed into each other���a choir of sorrow for klementjev and the lost at sea���sliding through science-fiction night-times in paris suits���breathlessly recounting sixty days of tense separation with easily shattered harmonies�


Speedking - The Fist And The Laurels (Tiger Style) US Import

The infamous and short-lived band from NYC that had a reputation for brutal, loud, intense and devastating live shows finally is getting the release they always deserved. In the mid-90's, they recorded 4 seven inch singles for 4 separate labels, toured with the likes of SIX FINGER SATELLITE & JUNE OF 44 and recorded a brilliant full-length entitled "The Fist and the Laurels" which was never released, until now. mainman James Murphy runs the infamous Plantain Studios in New York and has worked with such groundbreaking acts as LE TIGRE, PRIMAL SCREAM, MASSIVE ATTACK & THE RAPTURE and has recently started his own record label entitled DFA with a focus on a punk/dance/thrash sound that many accredit to Speedking. Progressive, beat heavy, pounding and hypnotic. Disc 1 of this two CD set contains the unreleased "The Fist and the Laurels" full length while Disc 2 combines all of Speedking's seven inch releases in CD format with a bonus track. For fans of: SUICIDE, GIRLS VS BOYS, ELECTRO CLASH

Source: Chunky Records new releases.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:22 PM
 

Pennyblackmusic.com

Some more forthcoming releases, additions @ Pennyblackmusic.com:

To Infinity and Beyond

Allfader - From The Darkest Star

CD on Rage Of Achilles

Released on 11/11/02

From their humble beginnings in the northern town of Bosmoen, Norway's Allfader (Norse for father of all) formed far away from the long established black metal scene of Oslo, developing their violent, melodic dark metal in isolation and 'From The Darkest Star' highlights their relentlessly brutal yet subtly epic and inventive work. Although over 40 minutes long this is not the proper debut album from this quintet but features all the tracks from Allfader's two demo eps, re-recorded for this release with two brand new bonus tracks. 'Wickedly inventive Norwegians tearing up the black metal blueprint.' - Kerrang!. Their full length debut album will follow in early 2003.

V/a : Only Blip Hop Record You Will Ever Need Vol. 1

CD on Luaka Bop

Released on 04/11/02

Curated andcompiled by david byrne in collaboration with the imaginary international center for Comparative sound, this 13 track collection presents a group of artists at the precipice of 21st Century electronic music. The artists on this compact disc include pole, to rococo rot, tarwater, Doctor rockit (aka matthew herbert), schneider tm, and mouse on mars � drawing on and redefining an electronic tradition that encompasses everyone from karlheinz stockhausen and pierre henry to Giorgio moroder and kraftwerk. Contains the two previously unreleased tracks �gnit� (marie & Scratch) and �pocket monster� (vibulator � a david byrne project) A news piece ran in Last weeks guardian about this release, there is also a launch gig on sunday november 10th at the ica With mouse on mars.

Releases For The Week After Next

Bill Laswell - Book Of Exit (Dub Chamber 4)

CD on Roir

Bill Laswell is internationally hailed for his genre-breaking, innovative and revolutionary musical concepts. "Book Of Exit", (in essence Chapter 4 in Laswell's ongoing series of Dub Chamber & Sacred System albums), is a departure from the rib-rattling bass workouts of his previous 3 ROIR releases. Retaining many Dub elements, "Book of Exit" charts new territory by melding a female vocalist into the mix, Ejigayehu Shibabaw, better known as "GiGi," a siren from Ethiopia who recently released the Laswell-produced "GiGi" on Palm Pictures to wide-spread critical acclaim & strong sales. On "Book Of Exit" GiGi is provided with a more vast sonic landscape upon which to wander. Her voice clearly benefits, melding brilliantly with the heavy percussive elements from Karsh Kale (Six Degrees, Talvin Singh) and Aiyb Deing (Manu Dibango, Ginger Baker), captivating the listener with its richness and striking beauty.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:10 PM
 

I Am Spoonbender

Details of a 3 track ep from I Am Spoonbender

I Am Spoonbender - Shown Actual Size is released November 18th on the Gold Standard Laboratories label via Southern/SRD.

San Francisco's I Am Spoonbender return to GSL with three all-new tracks of post-futuristic proto-reality for the new-new-wave generation. While the group's 1998 debut, Sender/Receiver, remains a favorite amongst loyal GSL die-hards, Spoonbender's recent touring in support of The Faint has inroduced them to an eager, younger audience, while their expanded lineup has basically reinvented the group's aesthetic.

Those largely unfamiliar with their earlier work and undeniable place amongst cerebral audio decontructionists such as This Heat and Zoviet France, the "kids" will likely be anticipating a synth-buzzing, overcharged dose of digital-analog dance mayhem.
That's exactly what they'll get.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:03 PM
 

Piero Scaruffi - The Best Rock Albums of 2002

Italian rock critic Piero Scaruffi has updated his The Best Rock Albums of 2002 list.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:58 PM
 

Add N To (X) - Loud Like Nature

Reminder: Add N To (X) release a new album: Loud Like Nature on Mute tomorrow (October 21st) in the UK.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:44 PM
 

Terranova - Hitchhiking Non-Stop With No Particular Destination

Terranova - Hitchhiking Non-Stop With No Particular Destination on Studio K7 is released tomorrow in the UK. [There are audiofeeds of the tracks on the album available.]

# posted by DJ Martian 7:16 PM
 

Adam Beyer - Ignition Key

Swedish techno producer, Adam Beyer's new album: Ignition Key, finally gets a UK Release tomorrow:

"This new label - Truesoul is a step in relatively new direction for Adam Beyer. Leaving the dancefloor thunder behind, Beyer incorporates more melody and groove and reduces the BPMs to create a full, rich soundscape that is an accomplished, individual and highly listenable album. The title track 'Ignition Key' opens proceedings, combining a sombre, Detroit-styled string based melody, over a clean, club friendly techno rhythm track. Moody, expansive and distinctly tuneful, the track sets the standard for a selection of equally impressive electronic tracks that sit comfortably within Beyer's own favoured term for his music: techno."

Source for background info on this album @ Sub Strata

# posted by DJ Martian 6:54 PM
 

Aquarius Records New Arrivals List #148

Once again the excellent aquarius records new arrivals list includes a fine selection of reviews, including these:

Fennesz - Field Recordings 1995:2002 (Touch)

Over the past couple of years, it has become apparent that there are two modes of production for the esteemed Austrian electro-glitch artist Christian Fennesz. On one hand, there are the studio driven productions where he focuses on the digital decomposition of various guitar signatures (exemplified within the "Plays" single whose beautiful cover of The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" was originally commissioned for the ill-fated "Painted Black" compilation -- due soon on tUMULt), and on the other, there's the live improvisation techniques he brings to any number of European free-jazz / new music ensembles (i.e. MIMEO, FennO'Berg, Polweschel, Golden Tone, Orchestra 33 1/3, etc.). While his technical prowess and expressive immediacy can be quite graceful on those electro-improv recordings, Fennesz excels in the studio.

"Field Recordings 1995:2002" -- which is NOT a collection of Chris Watson-esque field recordings -- picks up some of the studio driven scraps that had been released on compilations, special projects, and film soundtracks during the past 7 years. Of particular note, "Field Recordings 1995:2002" features all of the cuts from his amazing "Instrument" debut EP released on Mego in 1995. Even before such incredibly powerful programs as SuperCollider and Max/MSP had been as widely available as they are now, Fennesz has always been interested the atomization and disintegration of digital recordings at their most basic level. While all of these tracks from "Instrument" still sound great by today's standards, there is a strong connection with the sampledelica guitar trickery of '90s UK post-rock of Seefeel, Main, and Disco Inferno as hyperactive, time-stretched kaleidoscopes of post-MBV distortion and skittering electronica rhythms. The other tracks include reworkings of the soundtrack composed for "Blue Moon," remixes Fennesz did for Ekkehard Ehlers and Stephan Mathieu, and compilation tracks from "Decay" (Ash International), "RKKCD13" (Reckankreuzungklankewerkzeuge), "Clicks and Cuts 2" (Mille Plateaux) and "Krev X" (Ash International) -- that last contribution being a digitally fuzzed-out cover of America's "A Horse With No Name."

While many 'loose-end' collections run the risk of being full of cast-away tracks from the proper albums, Fennesz' "Field Recording" is as good as any of his previous albums, and shouldn't be missed!


Hot Hot Heat - Make Up The Breakdown (Sub Pop)

These young Canadians have certainly come a long way in a very short period of time. Their first Sub Pop cdep 'Knock Knock Knock' only came out earlier this year, and I believe they had just one other release prior to that. They started out in 1999 with a different vocalist and churned out boyish angst filled post-punk made notable by its catchy rockin' synth lines (which were very much like the amazing, but sadly long defunct The VSS). Nowadays however, they're quite a different band. No longer spurring fewer comparisons to Circus Lupus or bands from San Diego's ThreeOneG and Gold Standard Laboratories roster, they're drawing more from the British, buoyant mod pop sounds of the '60s and yes, the new waveness of '80s. Polished, styled out and very danceable, yet still retaining their youthful exuberance. Very fleshed out vocals with great gang of boys backups deliver the clever lyrics. Oh and yes the rad riffin' keyboard lines are also still present. Ultra-infectious and energetic! If you've liked Outhud, !!!, the most recent Rapture 12" or the last Radio 4 album 'Gotham' (a sidenote: oddly enough HHH's singer often sounds a lot like R4's vocalist who actually sounds a lot like early Joe Jackson and Elvis Costello), then you'll definitely want to check this out! Mind you they're a much more pop than funky! Recorded by Seattle studio vet Jack Endino. Get ready folks, you're probably going to be hearing a lot from these boys in the months to come! Recommended!

Spring Heel Jack - Amassed (Thirsty Ear)

A follow up to last year's successful "Masses" cd, on which UK electronica duo Spring Heel Jack edited and manipulated the raw improvisations of a host of Downtown NYC (and beyond) jazz musicians, in what was one of the the best and most original entries yet in Thirsty Ear's pretty great "Blue Series" of happenin' now jazz. Like that disc, this one also fortunately eschews the obvious "let's add some techno beats to this trumpet solo" kind of thing you might expect from an electronica remix project, and really approaches the music from within, SHJ using their computers carefully to meld disparate performances together into something that definitely remains jazz -- but with an undercurrent of glitchy crackle and drone. It's kind of like a free jazz version of Radian or Pluramon (to cite two computer-aided post-rock/electronica projects, both faves around here). The SHJ fellows are really listening and reacting, like improvisors do, and there are some great musicians on here for them (and us) to listen to. There's two returnees from the "Masses" line-up: legendary British saxophonist Evan Parker and Blue Series curator Matthew Shipp (on Fender Rhodes). And then there's also the likes of trombonist Paul Rutherford, drummer Han Bennink, violinist Ed Coxon, bassist George Trebar, trumpter Kenny Wheeler, bassist John Edwards, and, the oddball in the bunch, guitarist Jason Pierce of Spiritualized fame (who must be responsible for the distorted guitar noise found on "Maroc" and elsewhere).

With that kind of talent on hand, SHJ had a lot to work with, and they did a great job, creating layered compositions that retain the player's voices even as they are juxataposed into unimagined new situations. The results are moody, melodic but abstract, rarely (but sometimes) abrasive, nicely noir-ish...android jazz for some Blade Runner coctail bar. Dark, dense, lovely.

Jazz purists might scoff, but actually we'd rather listen to this than a lot of straight improv stuff done by the above musicians -- the combination of the instrumentalists' unfettered expression and SHJ's editing and structuring (and sonic additions) really works well here. Recommended.


Food -Veggie (Rune Grammofon)

Norway's Rune Grammofon label has become one of those imprints whose releases we ALWAYS have to pay attention to -- and not just 'cause of the lovely packaging courtesy artist/designer Kim Hiorthoy in which they are invariably resplendent, but because they are often quite excellent. As is this one, Food's "Veggie" (housed in, of course, a handsome Hiorthoy digipack). Apparently it's the third album from this experimental jazz group. The other two, unheard by us, were live recordings, but with "Veggie" Food move into the studio, and not just any: the "Audio Virus Lab" of Norwegian sound artist Deathprod. In the context of Helge "Deathprod" Sten's electronics-infused production, this becomes something rather other than normal "jazz". It's experimental indeed. Led by British saxophonist Iain Ballamy, the Food quartet also features Supersilent's Arve Henriksen on trumpet, Mats Eilertsen on acoustic and electric basses, and Thomas Stronen on drums (and most of 'em are also credited with "sampler", so it's not just Deathprod doing the electronicky stuff).

If you count Mr. Deathprod, who is also a Supersilent member (and who actually gets a whole track here, "Nofood", all to himself), this band is 2/5ths Supersilent, and boy, do we love Supersilent -- they're our favorite Norwegian "death-jazz" improv n' electronics group. So already we were anticipating good things from "Veggie", and you don't have to listen for very long to encounter echoes of Arve Henriksen's breathy solo album "Sakuteiki", the glacial drones of Supersilent's "5", and the electronic chaos of Supersilent's "1-3" as well. Bubbling underneath with electro-acoustic beats and drones, this is spacey, lyrical, melodic, 21st century jazz, establishing a range of moods from a mellow Miles Davis trumpet at sunset looking over a North Sea fjord kind of thing to more abrasive, paranoid glitching and shrieking experience... Really nice. Good, and good for you.


Landing - Fade In / Fade Out (Strange Attractors Audio House) cd ep

Landing have issued forth what just might be their most lovely and fully realised work to date. No vast departures from their usual path of spacy, slowly drifting mellowness, but each track seems to more fully envelop the listener. Whisking him/her gracefully away into their wispy, languid dreamscapes. Sooooo calming with their veils of shimmering drones and barely there strummed guitars, it almost ventures into new age territory. Their unobtrusive, ethereal male / female vocals add but another layer of lightness to the soothing atmosphere. Actually the song "Against The Rain" really reminded me of Yo La Tengo's wonderful The Sounds Of The Sounds Of Science soundtrack. Beautiful! The only shortcoming is the length. Unfortunately at only 31 minutes long, this disc might require the repeat setting on your cd player if you need longer than a half hour's escape!

Lanterna - Sands (Badman)

Sands is mellow driving music or faux soundtrack, instrumental, spacious, with reverby guitar. Starts off a bit like what one could expect if the Edge (of U2) were to release a solo album of "infinite guitar" and then heads straight downhill from there. I swear more and more indie-post rockers out there are cutting tracks with the hopes of having some advertising agency pick it up for commercial use. Just put on "Fields" and listen. You can almost hear the announcer touting that with the freedom of America's lowest APR financing, there's no reason for anyone to pass up on the new 2003 Dodge Durango.

Also Reviewed: of interest:

Amon Tobin - Out From Out Where (Ninja Tune) another excellent review !
Aluminum Group - Happyness (Wishing Tree
Broken Spindles S/T (Tigerstyle)
Jello - Voile (Peacefrog)
Luna - Close Cover Before Striking (Jetset
Ghislain Poirier - Sous Le Monguier (Intr_Version)
T. Raumschmiere - Anti (Hefty)
Asmus Tietchens - Eisgang / Dammerattacke (Submergence)

[PS this New Arrivals List 148 will eventually be transferred to: Aquarius Records: Archives page]

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